CQPA chips in to back Harbour Festival

THE corporate rally for The Gladstone Harbour Festival has begun.

The Central Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) led the charge yesterday when it pledged $15,000 to the event.

QCPA chief executive officer Leo Zussino called on other local businesses to follow its lead.

"For 43 years now the Gladstone Harbour Festival has served to showcase the city of Gladstone and the spectacular harbour on which it is situated,'' Mr Zussino said.

"That is why so many local businesses and community volunteers consistently give to an event that continues to do so much for the city.''

The rally for support began last week when The Observer first reported the 2005 festival had recorded a $70,000 loss and its future was in danger.

Gladstone Festivals and Events manager Judy Whicker praised CQPA for its donation. "The Port of Gladstone not only sponsors the festival to the amount of $15,000 per year but also provides continuous ongoing support to us during the year,'' Mrs Whicker said.

"They have long been one of our primary supporters and have shown that again with their commitment to donate another $15,000.''

After last week suggesting the 2005 festival could be the last, the Harbour Festival committee gave the community until next month to show its support.

The committee said it did not have enough working capital to prepare for next year's event.



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